Late goal lifts Blue Jackets over Avalanche
DENVER (AP) — David Savard drove in shot from just inside the blue line at 18:59 of the third period, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Sunday night.
Savard, whose turnover early in the game led to a goal for Colorado, was able to get enough on the puck to knock it past Semyon Varlamov for the Blue Jackets’ fifth win in their last six road games.
Brandon Dubinsky scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets, and Ryan Johansen and added a goal.
Colorado scored its quickest goal of the season when Jarome Iginla intercepted a wayward pass by Savard in the Blue Jackets’ zone and wristed a shot past Curtis McElhinney 30 seconds into the game.
Gabriel Landeskog and Cody McLeod also had goals for Colorado.
Landeskog put in a backhand shot for Colorado to even the score at 2, but Johansen put the Blue Jackets back in front about 2 minutes later and extended his points scoring streak to seven games with his 12th goal of the season.
Colorado re-tied the game at 3 at 15:30 of the second when McLeod put in a wraparound shot, his third goal of the season.
Columbus answered Colorado’s quick first strike with Dubinsky’s first two goals of the season. He re-directed Cody Goloubef’s shot into the net at 11:35 of the first and gave Columbus a 2-1 lead with his second goal, a wrist shot from the left circle that went into the net over Varlamov’s glove.
NOTES: The Blue Jackets’ top-ranked power play went 0-3 in the game. … Iginla has 53 points in 50 career games against the Blue Jackets, the third-most points all-time against Columbus by an opposing player. … Nick Holden previously scored quickest for the Avs this season when he put in a goal 31 seconds into a game against Toronto on Nov. 6. … The fastest goal allowed by the Blue Jackets this season came 9 seconds into the game against Winnipeg on Nov. 26. … Dubinsky’s first goal was the 100th of his career. … The Avalanche and Blue Jackets meet again on March 7 at Columbus. … The Blue Jackets’ Fedor Tyutin is one game shy of 700 for his career.